The 2016 Chauvin, owned by Sylvie Cazes, has a nicely detailed bouquet with blackberry, iris and bay leaf aromas, more understated than the 2015 Chauvin and perhaps more detailed. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, supple tannin, plenty of slightly tarry black fruit but with great structure and focus on the lightly spiced finish. This may be the best vintage that I have tasted in recent vintages, and it should age with style.
92-94 points, Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Issue # 230 - Apr 2017)
The 2016 Chauvin is powerful, dense and concentrated, but there is more than enough depth and sweetness to the fruit to carry the intense tannins and give the wine its impeccable balance. To be sure, this is a bold, powerful style, but all the elements are in the right place. Bright floral and blood orange notes give the wine further lift and brightness to the red fruit flavors. Tasted two times.
91-94 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Apr 2017)
This is really solid and concentrated with tight-grained tannins and an impressive density of ripe and cool fruit. Muscular. Could rival the wonderful 2015.
92-93 points, James Suckling (Apr 2017)